Among the top lots of this November’s sale of Important Russian Art were Boris Kustodiev’s 1917 Bakhchisarai which sold for £1,258,500 and Pavel Tchelitchew’s Woman at the Window which achieved £362,500.
Black and white reproductions and greyscale exhibition photographs are often the closest we get to lost masterpieces of Russian art. Our forthcoming Evening sale brings a stunning array of paintings into colour for the first time, including superb works by Konstantin Makovsky, Boris Kustodiev, Nikolai Roerich, Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Ilya Mashkov and Georgy Nissky. We are delighted to be offering two large-scale views by Ivan Aivazovsky, Venice (1882) and the exceptionally early Moonrise over Ayu Dag (1856), alongside Makovsky’s 6 metre masterpiece Ivan Susanin (1914).
A unique group of 97 sketchbooks by Alexander Yakovlev and a lovely female portrait by Pavel Tchelitchew are among the highlights of works by Russian émigré artists. Three important pieces from the collection of the Union of Artists and a pair of works by Viktor Popkov recently exhibited at Somerset House represent the best of Russian art from the second half of the 20th century.
The actual dimensions for this work are 301 by 464cm, 118 1/5 by 182 1/2 in.
Please note that this lot will be stored at Sotheby's Greenford Park Fine Art Storage Facility. Please refer to the warehouse and storage information at the back of the catalogue for further information concerning charges, collection, storage and delivery.
The medium is tempera, pastel and charcoal on paper laid on board and not as stated in the printed catalogue.
This lot is subject to the Artist's Resale Right. Please refer to page 130 of the sale catalogue for information on Artist's Resale Right.
This work is oil and tempera on canvas laid on board.
This work is also dated 37 in the lower right corner.
This lot will be stored at Sotheby's Greenford Park Fine Art Storage Facility. Please refer to the warehouse and storage information at the back of the catalogue for further information concerning charges, collection, storage and delivery.